Main route of the Interstate Highway System
Regional map of Interstate Highways with I-74 highlighted in red.
|Length:||428.81 mi (690.10 km)
As of October 31, 2002
|West end:||I-80 in Davenport, IA|
| I-80 in Colona, IL
US 34 in Galesburg, IL
I-55 in Bloomington, IL
I-57 in Champaign, IL
I-65 / I-70 in Indianapolis, IN
I-75 in Cincinnati, OH
I-77 near Mount Airy, NC
I-73 near Asheboro, NC
I-95 / US 301 near Lumberton, NC
|East end:||NC 41 near Lumberton, NC|
Interstate 74 (I-74) is an Interstate Highway in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. Its western end is at an intersection with Interstate 80 in Davenport, Iowa; the eastern end of its Midwest segment is at an intersection with Interstate 75 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It also exists as several other disconnected sections of highways in North Carolina (see details); also see List of gaps in Interstate Highways.
In the state of Iowa, Interstate 74 runs south from Interstate 80 for 5.36 miles (8.63 km) before crossing into Illinois on the Interstate 74 Bridge. North of the Mississippi River, I-74 bisects Bettendorf and Davenport.
In the state of Illinois, Interstate 74 runs south from Iowa to Galesburg; from this point it runs southeast through Peoria to the Bloomington-Normal area and Interstate 55. I-74 continues southeast to the Champaign-Urbana area, intersecting with Interstate 57. The interstate then runs east past Danville at the Illinois-Indiana state line. U.S. Route 150 parallels Interstate 74 in Illinois for its entire length, save the last few miles on the eastern end (in Danville, when US 150 turns south on Illinois 1), where it parallels U.S. Route 136.
In the state of Indiana, Interstate 74 runs east from the Illinois state line to the Crawfordsville area before turning southeast. It then runs around the city center of Indianapolis along Interstate 465. It then enters Ohio in Harrison, Ohio.
In the state of Ohio, Interstate 74 runs southeast from the Indiana border to the western segment's current eastern terminus at Interstate 75 just north of downtown Cincinnati. It is also signed with U.S. Route 52 for its entire length.
The unbuilt portion of Interstate 74 in Ohio is expected to be routed along Ohio State Route 32, U.S. Route 23, and U.S. Route 52 for most of its length. However, the routing for the segment through Cincinnati, connecting Interstate 75 to Ohio State Route 32, remains a matter of dispute. A likely scenario has Interstate 74 running with northbound Interstate 75 from Exit 4 to Exit 7, then turning east along short Ohio State Route 562, known as the Norwood Lateral Expressway, for the three miles (5 km) to Interstate 71. However, building a connection between Interstate 71 and the western terminus of Ohio State Route 32 at U.S. Route 50 would pose some difficulty: the most direct route, two-lane Ohio State Route 561, runs through several densely populated neighborhoods. Another idea pitched is to re-route Interstate 74 around Interstate 275 all the way to State Route 32, and resigning the stretch of Interstate 74 from Exit 9 into downtown Cincinnati as US 52. Another possible route would follow Interstate 75 south to the Fort Washington Way segment of Interstate 71 to Interstate 471 in Kentucky to Interstate 275 to meet up with Ohio State Route 32. This is currently the most direct route along existing interstate highways from the current terminus of Interstate 74 to Ohio State Route 32.
As of October 2009, Interstate 74 remains unbuilt in the state of West Virginia. It is to be routed mostly along the current path of US 52, known as the Tolsia Highway. WVDOT is currently upgrading the Tolsia Highway to four lanes, but not to Interstate Highway standards.
In the state of North Carolina, as of the end of 2008 I-74 exists in several segments. This includes the most western portion of Interstate 74 which runs from Interstate 77 to US 52 just south of Mount Airy, again as the southern segment of Interstate 73 and U.S. Route 220 from just north of Asheboro to south of Candor, and finally a more eastern segment that runs from Laurinburg to an end at NC 41 near Lumberton.
Long-range plans call for I-74 to continue east and south of Cincinnati to North Carolina using OH 32 from Cincinnati to Piketon, Ohio, and then the proposed I-73 from Portsmouth (OH) through West Virginia (along current U.S. Route 52) to I-77. It would then follow I-77 through Virginia into North Carolina where it would connect to highways already signed as I-74. In 1996 AASHTO approved the signing of highways as I-74 along its proposed path east (south) of I-81 in Wytheville, Virginia, where those highways meet Interstate Highway standards. North Carolina started putting up I-74 signs along its roadways in 1997.
Two sections of I-74 in North Carolina are currently under construction and one section was just completed. The completed one is the U.S. 74 freeway from the end of the Laurinburg–Maxton Bypass across Interstate 95 to NC 41 (19 miles) completed by the end of September 2008, though a 6-mile (9.7 km) section from Maxton to NC 710 opened earlier on November 30, 2007. With this opening I-74 signage was extended 13 miles (21 km) east along the Laurinburg and Maxton bypasses. The two 4-mile (6.4 km) segments under construction are the U.S. 311 Bypass of High Point, North Carolina, which also will carry I-74 from Business Loop 85 to Interstate 85, started construction in May 2007. The same contract started work on the first 6 miles (9.7 km) of the I-74 freeway between I-85 and U.S. 220 (Future I-73), both projects should be complete by 2011. The second segment started construction of the rest of the US 311 route to US 220 in September 2008. The proposed path of I-74 east of I-95 is farther along US 74 to NC 211 near Bolton then south along US 17 to near the South Carolina border. These sections are not currently proposed to be built perhaps for another 20 to 30 years. The N.C. Turnpike Authority–at the request of officials in Brunswick County–are studying whether a toll road could get the section of I-74 in that county built faster.
On February 11, 2005, the North and South Carolina Departments of Transportation came to an agreement over where I-74 (and I-73) would cross the border between the two states. It was decided that I-74 would cross the line as a northern extension of the S.C. Highway 31. I-74 is then proposed to end south of Myrtle Beach at U.S. Route 17. A spur route, which is expected to be called I-274, is proposed as designation for the yet-to be-constructed western half of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway (I-74 will run on the to-be-built eastern half, construction has not been funded and won't start until at least 2015).
Starting around Laurinburg and Maxton and to the east, the new I-74 runs concurrent with US 74. This is the first time that a U.S. and Interstate Highway with the same number have been designated on the same highway.
There is still some dispute over which routes will connect the existing stretches of I-74. Ohio has proposed that the stretch should run through the city of Cincinnati and from there either along State Route 32 or U.S. Route 52; while Kentucky officials want the road to begin in the west as part of a greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky bypass, then running along the AA Highway from near Brooksville, Kentucky, until it joins I-64 near Ashland, Kentucky.
The entire route is in Scott County.
|Davenport||0.00||I-80 – Des Moines, Chicago||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|1.49||1||East 53rd Street|
|Bettendorf||2.88||2||US 6 west (Spruce Hills Drive)||West end of US 6 overlap|
|4.62||4||US 67 (Grant Street, State Street) / Kimberly Road|
|5.36||Interstate 74 Bridge over Mississippi River (state line)|
|Main Interstate Highways (major interstates highlighted)|
|70||71||72||73||74||75||76 (W)||76 (E)||77||78||79||80||81||82|
|83||84 (W)||84 (E)||85||86 (W)||86 (E)||87||88 (W)||88 (E)||89||90|
|Lists||Primary||Main - Intrastate - Suffixed - Future - Gaps|
|Auxiliary||Main - Future - Unsigned|
|Other||Standards - Business - Bypassed|
Redirecting to Interstate 74